Start with the end in mind

Start with the end in mind

Happy New Year!

Starting afresh brings reminiscence and planning. How often do we plan for when we are in our 60’s, 70’s and 80’s? When we are in our 20’s and 30’s we are enjoying life that the later years of life seem far off and able to be addressed later.

For those of us who are in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s or have parents in their 70’s and 80’s, having a plan for now in addition to 3-5 years and later is important, especially when it comes to aging and health and where you will be living.

In determining the right home in our second half of life, there are key factors to consider; health and mobility, proximity to amenities, affordability, manageability, as well as nearness to family and remaining in a known neighborhood are very important.

Most often an initial downsizing step is to move to a one level home, which is excellent. It allows for ease of living on a daily basis without the need to climb or descend stairs. It can also allow for wheel chairs if the hallways and doorways are an appropriate width.

It is the next move that can be more challenging as it may be due to a change in health and cause a move to be made. Give yourself the gift of planning by starting to learn about options when they are not necessary to be made. That way, it can be more fun and investigative rather than coming from need and stress. Seminars are a great way to learn about options, reading, speaking to friends who have made later life moves are additional ways to gather information.

Give yourself the gift of knowledge by having a plan because wherever you call home it is your sanctuary.

By Kimberly Shute: If you would like to learn more about real estate and move management services, please contact Kimberly at 971-227-1302 or visit  At PDX Mature Moves, we serve seniors through real estate and move management services.